Top Gear Needs ‘A Bit Of A Rethink’ Says James May


James May feels that Top Gear needs “a bit of a rethink”.

May who co-presented the show alongside Richard Hammond, and Jeremy Clarkson until 2015, made these comments after the BBC confirmed that the show would not return for the “foreseeable future”. 

Given the exceptional circumstances, the BBC has decided to rest the UK show for the foreseeable future”, a statement read.

Production for the show was suspended, after current co host and former English cricketer Andrew Flintoff was rushed to hospital last December, after suffering injuries in an accident at the Top Gear test track at Surrey’s Dunsfold Aerodrome. 

“time for a new format”

According to former co-host, James May, Top Gear is in desperate need of “a new format and a new approach to the subject”. 

“It’s time for a new format and a new approach to the subject, because the subject has not been this interesting, I suspect, since the car was invented”, May said.

“And it would be a shame if an organisation like the BBC didn’t have something to say about it”. 

When asked what this new Top Gear format would entail, James May pointed us in the direction of his current Prime Video show, that he currently hosts with Hammond and Clarkson, The Grand Tour.

The trio created The Grand Tour in 2015.

Claiming that they “already do” a Top Gear-style show, he added,  “I’m not saying I know what it is, but there must be one,” May said. “There must be another way of doing a show about cars that will embrace more fulsomely many of the questions being asked of cars that weren’t being asked of cars”. 

May also speculated that this could involved a “greater scrutiny” on cars, including how vehicles are powered.

“You could still do that in an entertaining and informative kind of way”, stated May.